New Arrivals 19th to 25th of December 2013
Berold (R.) ed.
twenty South African poets in performance, Grahamstown 1999
119 pp., paperback, DVD,
A selection from a week-long series of live readings by South African poets that took place at a performance poetry festival held in Grahamstown in July 1999. The book contains the poems in written form, while on the DVD the twenty poets can be heard reading their work. Poets include Ingrid de Kock, Joan Meterlerkamp, Lesego Rampolokeng, Kelwyn Sole, Isabella Motadinyane, Mxolisi Nyezwa, and Donald Parenzee.
50 SHADES OF GREED,
the Services SETA, warts & all
237 pp., colour illus., paperback,
Ivor Blumenthal writes about his time as CEO of the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), from 2000-2011. Blumenthal opposed changes made to the SETA system by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and initiated a court challenge. His insistence on proceeding with the application resulted in his suspension in April 2011. Currently he is owner of Ark-Consult.
VISIONS OF FREEDOM,
Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the struggle for southern Africa, 1976-1991
655 pp., illus., paperback,
First published in the U.S.A. in 2013.
A history of the role Cuba played in the struggle for freedom and democracy in southern Africa.
"The book is an invaluable reminder for those amnesiac and somewhat xenophobic South Africans who forget the price others paid to create conditions that forced the Pretoria regime to capitulate in Angola and Namibia, and how that history is inextricably linked to that of the new dispensation ushered in in 1994. It is a sad comment on humanity that it had to take more than fifteen years - and so many lives lost - for people to realise that their own freedom was irreversibly intertwined with the freedom of their neighbours. " Mandla Langa, author of "The Last Colours of the Chameleon"
Piero Gleijeses is Professor of American Foreign Policy at John Hopkins University.
SOUNDING THE CAPE,
music, identity and politics in South Africa
443 pp., illus., paperback,
Denis-Constant Martin examines the history of music in Cape Town and demonstrates that musical creation in the city has always been nurtured by contacts and innovations made possible by exchanges, despite efforts made by racist regimes to racially categorize, separate and divide people.
Denis-Constant Martin is Outstanding Research Fellow of the French National Foundation for Political Sciences attached to the centre "Les Afriques dans le monde", University of Bordeaux, and a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies, Wallenberg Centre, University of Stellenbosch. He is the author of "Coon Carnival, New Year in Cape Town, Past and Present".
Mitra (A.) ed.
UNBREAKING THE RAINBOW,
voices of protest from new South Africa
94 pp., paperback,
A collection of protest poetry written after 1994. Poets include Arja Salafranca, Amitabh MitraDeena Padayachee, Fiona Khan, Gary Cummisky, Geoffrey Haresnape, Karen Lazar, Khadija Tracey Heeger, Ravi Naicker, Shabbir Banoobhai, and Peter Horn.
THE TRUE ORIGIN OF HIV & AIDS,
154 pp., illus., paperback,
Mulalo Menavhanu offers his understanding of the origins of HIV/AIDS. Self published.
"Even though the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that the then Unites States government and World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborated on the creation and distribution of a killer virus (HIV/AIDS), it should be stated, on record, that this book is by no means implying that the current leadership of the U.S. government and that of the WHO are the masterminds of the global conspiracy. Nonetheless, the 'Secret Society' remains in existence and is so powerful that it controls the world - even those in power today know this very well. The 'Elite' hierarchy of organisations is still securely in place, and practically controls the economic and political affairs of every nation on earth." from pg. 116
THE GRAND SCAM,
how Barry Tannenbaum conned South Africa's business elite
333 pp., paperback,
From 2005 to 2009 South African businessman Barry Tannebaum offered investors returns of more than 200 per cent a year investing in the components used to make AIDS drugs. In 2010, when the Ponzi scheme collapsed, South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that hundreds of investors in South Africa, Australia and Europe had been swindled out of more than R12.5 billion. Barry Tannenbaum now lives in Runaway Bay in Queensland, Australia, working for an Australian insurance company. To date, no extradition request has been lodged.
Rob Rose is an investigative journalist and business editor at the Sunday Times. In 2011, he was awarded the Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University.
77 pp., paperback,
A play about two policemen who find themselves on the wrong side of a murder investigation.
Anele Rusi was born in King Williams Town in 1983. He lives in Cape Town.
MADIBA A - Z,
the many faces of Nelson Mandela
225 pp., illus., paperback,
Originally published in the USA in 2013.
A collection of "short essays around themes ranging from the most personal - bullying or forgiveness - to the least personal - negotiations - in which Mandela consciously foreswore his own personal desires and political beliefs in order to achieve the greater good by sheer force of ...compromise. Each letter in this A to Z is written as a self-contained narrative drawing on the Mandela literature, original research, reporting, interviews, press reports, and documents." from Danny Schechter's introduction
Foreword, "The Making of the Movie" by Anant Singh.
"Schechter has long earned his spurs by embracing our struggle and communicating its strengths and weaknesses from those risky times, to deepen a lifelong contribution over five decades as a committed and insightful writer, reporter, critic, and filmmaker. He's an outsider who learned to think like an insider. 'Madiba A to Z' tells the story from personal experience and goes beyond the surface with a lively sense of humor and deep caring that even we South Africans can learn from." Ronnie Kasrils
"Schechter knows Nelson Mandela's story deeply and his new book features insights and stories we haven't heard before." Jesse Jackson
Danny Schechter has produced and directed six films about Nelson Mandela, most recently the three-hour television documentary, "Inside Mandela: the making and meaning of Nelson Mandela's story".
Schonstein (P.) comp.
poems and prose pieces of war and civil conflict
428 pp., paperback,
A collection of poems and prose pieces on war and civil conflict in Africa.
Includes work by Lionel Abrahams, Robert Berold, Herman Charles Bosman, Kevin Carter, Janet Cherry, Shimmer Chinodya, J.M.Coetzee, Jeremy Cronin, Patrick Cullinan, Keith Gottschalk, Mzi Mahola, Nelson Mandela, Antjie Krog, Oswald Mtshali, Karen Press, Deneys Reitz, Kelwyn Sole, and many more.
Vahed (G.) comp.
the anti-apartheid struggle
387 pp., illus., paperback,
Short biographies of South African Muslims who were involved in South Africa's liberation struggle: Abdul Kader Asmal, Omar Badsha, Amina Cachalia, Yusuf Dadoo, Barney Desai, Jessie Duarte, Farid Esack, Cissie Gool, Johnny Issel, Zubeida Jaffer, Ahmed Kathrada, Omaruddin Don Mattera, Fatima Meer, Vali Moosa, 'Dullah' Omar, Aziz Pahad, Naledi Pandor, Ebrahim Patel, Ebrahim Rasool, Dawood Seedat, Moe Shaikh, and many more.
Forewords by Ahmed Kathrada and Ebrahim Rassool.